by Steve Wagers

Make This Your New Year Solution
Pastor Steve N. Wagers
Hebrews 12:1-2
January 4, 2009

Sermon Outline
1. What to Learn!
A) Remove the Things that Burden Us
B) Resist the Things that Bind Us
2. How to Live!
A) Faithful
B) Focused
3. Where to Look!
A) With Concentration
B) For Motivation

Someone has written: "I Am the New Year. I am an unspoiled page in your book of time. I am your next chance at the art of living. I am your opportunity to practice what you have learned about life during the last twelve months. All the good that you tried for and didn't achieve is mine to grant when you have fewer conflicting desires. All that you dreamed but didn't dare to do, all that you hoped but did not will, all the faith that you claimed but did not have--these slumber lightly, waiting to be awakened by the touch of a strong purpose. I am your opportunity to renew your allegiance to Him who said, "Behold, I make all things new."

I love the words of Henry Ward Beecher, "Every man should be born again on the first day of January. Start with a fresh page. Take up one hole more in the buckle if necessary, or let down one, according to circumstances; but, on the first of January, let every man gird himself once more, with his face to the front with no interest in the things that were and are past."

One thing has always amazed me about New Years' resolutions. We make all sorts of new promises to ourselves and new goals for ourselves; but, in 2-3 months, we find that we are worse off than before we made them.

We begin the New Year by saying, "I'm going to lose weight;" yet, March rolls around and the diet books are sitting on the shelf unread, and we are 10 pounds heavier.

We say, "I'm going to start exercising." Yet, by Mary, the stair stepper and NordicTrack are in the closet gathering dust.

We say, "I'm going to get out of debt;" but, by June we are worried about how we are going to pay for the diet books and the exercise equipment we bo ...

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